There are a number of different white collar crimes that a person can be charged with, and it is important to recognize that you could face significant penalties for conviction of such an offense. One serious offense is the crime of bribery and this offense can be committed by offering the bribe, or by accepting the bribe. If you are charged with either of these offenses, then you need to be sure that you have representation on your side that can help you fight the charges against you.
At The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen, a criminal defense lawyer can provide you with the experienced representation that you need for your future. The firm has been dedicated to serving the local community for a number of years, and you will receive representation based on a history of success. Facing charges of the crime of bribery can cause significant distress in your life; you need to retain representation in order to fight these charges.
Penalties for Bribery in California
Bribery of or by a public official is a serious matter; it is often prosecuted as a felony and can carry significant penalties such as imprisonment oftentimes. It is also crucial to recognize that these charges can have an adverse effect on the rest of your life.
Being convicted of the crime of bribery could permanently and irreparably damage your career and destroy your reputation. A bribery offense loosely defined means the exchange of something of value or services, in order to influence an individual to vote, alter their action or opinion in any public or official capacity.
The elements involved in a bribery case must include a person giving, or offering to give a public officer something of value, with corrupt intent, and to influence an official matter. It can also occur when a public official asks for, receives, or agrees to receive the bribe.
Penalties for conviction of a bribery offense will depend on whether or not the bribe was actually received. Generally, the offense is charged as a felony, and you will face up to four years for imprisonment if you are convicted. Fines that you will face depend on if the bribe was received.
If it was not, then you will face a fine between $2,000 and $10,000. If the fine was received, then you will face at least the amount of the bribe or $2,000, whichever is greater, up to double the amount of the bribe, or $10,000, whichever is greater.
Need a lawyer for bribery charges?
When you need representation for a criminal charge, you need to look to The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen. We work to provide clients with the aggressive assistance that you need in order to help you achieve the results that you desire. As a proven litigator, Attorney Kohnen knows what it takes to build an effective white collar criminal defense in San Diego, and you can rest assured that this is what you will receive when you choose this firm. The sooner you retain representation, the more time our team will have to build a strong defense of your case.
We genuinely care about our clients, and will stand by you from start to finish of your case. Contact the office today to discuss the criminal charges that you currently face, and to begin the process of retaining the representation that you need for your future.